Widespread Panic has announced the latest live release in their multi-track archive series, Knoxville 1995, available on July 20th. The new live release was mixed and mastered by the band’s longtime producer John Keane. Sam Holt, the group’s former guitar tech and a longtime Widespread Panic fan, specifically picked this show, recorded live at the Tennessee Amphitheater in Knoxville, Tennessee on September 28, 1995, for the 11th installment in the series.
As Sam Holt explains,
This show had always been stuck in my mind as one of the best I ever saw but the available recordings did not even come close to capturing the band as they should. So when the opportunity arose to choose a show for release I kept my fingers crossed that the band’s own multitrack tapes were in good condition. I was happy to find out that they were and that the band’s longtime producer, John Keane, would be mixing the show from this source.
The show began with a cover of Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy” before swerving into “Makes Sense To Me”. Panic original “Tall Boy” was up next, before a cover of The Meters’ “Just Kissed My Baby”. “Gimme”, “Space Wrangler” and “Walking (For Your Love)” highlighted the end of set one. Set two began with a cover of Vic Chesnutt’s “Let’s Get Down To Business”, before heading into a deep “The Diner” jam. Panic favorites “You Got Yours” and “Conrad” were highlights of the set, with covers of the Talking Heads’ “Papa Legba” and Van Morrison’s “And It Stoned Me” blending in perfectly. An encore of James Taylor‘s “Knockin ‘Round The Zoo” brought the night to a close.
Knoxville 1995 is now available for pre-order on 2-CDs and all digital formats at livewidespreadpanic.com. To read Sam Holt’s entire statement on the release, head to the announcement here.